How Should Patients Prepare for Mommy Makeover Surgery?

By: James Nachbar, MD, FACS


Becoming a mother is a transformative experience that can also take a toll on a woman's body. Many mothers find themselves longing for their pre-pregnancy physique and struggling with self-confidence. This is where a mommy makeover, also known as the Post-Baby Tune-Up®, can work wonders. Double board-certified plastic surgeon (certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery) Dr. James Nachbar at Scottsdale Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ is renowned for his expertise in the procedures included in a mommy makeover, such as breast augmentation, breast lift, no-drain tummy tuck, and liposuction. 

Indeed, Dr. Nachbar's trademarked Post-Baby Tune-Up® was the original mommy makeover, and the very first time the words "mommy makeover" were used in print to describe surgery, it was by Patricia Anstett at the Detroit Free Press describing Dr. Nachbar's Post-Baby Tune-Up® on June 9, 2004.  More information is available here .

Further, Dr. Nachbar has been doing the No-Drain Tummy Tuck for all of his tummy tucks since 2008, and has the most experience with No-Drain Tummy Tuck in Arizona.

This blog will explore how patients can best prepare for these procedures to help achieve optimal results. 

Conduct thorough research and schedule a consultation 

It is crucial to conduct thorough research before embarking on a mommy makeover journey. The first step is choosing a reputable plastic surgeon. As the inventor of the Mommy Makeover, Dr. Nachbar at Scottsdale Plastic Surgery stands out as an excellent choice. Schedule a consultation to discuss your goals, concerns, and expectations. Dr. Nachbar will assess your specific needs, provide personalized recommendations, and help you understand the entire process.

The importance of research is especially acute regarding the No-Drain Tummy Tuck.  Because the No-Drain Tummy Tuck is more difficult and time-consuming than a regular tummy tuck using drains, most plastic surgeons in Arizona do not use the No-Drain Tummy Tuck technique.  Indeed, some plastic surgeons do not really understand the procedure.  For example, I have heard some say that liposuction can not be done in combination with a No-Drain Tummy Tuck (it can, and I have done it many times).

 We have quite a bit of information about the No-Drain Tummy Tuck on our website; be sure to take a look at that before deciding what to do.

How can realistic expectations contribute to a positive outcome? 

It is essential to approach a mommy makeover with realistic expectations. Pregnancy and childbirth affect each woman's body differently, and the same applies to the results of a Post-Baby Tune-Up®. Dr. Nachbar will guide you in understanding what can realistically be achieved through procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift, no-drain tummy tuck, and liposuction. Remember, the ultimate goal is to enhance your natural beauty and restore confidence rather than achieve perfection. 

How can patients optimize their post-surgery recovery? 

Preparing for a mommy makeover involves caring for your physical and mental well-being. Dr. Nachbar will provide you with specific guidelines to follow. Engaging in exercise and eating a balanced diet can help improve your overall health and aid recovery. Additionally, nurturing your mental well-being by seeking support from loved ones or professionals and preparing yourself mentally for the procedure is equally important. 

What steps should patients take to ensure a successful mommy makeover? 

After a mommy makeover, you will need ample time to rest and recover. It is crucial to arrange post-surgery assistance to ensure a smooth healing process. Line up friends or family members who can help with household chores, childcare, and transportation. Having a support system in place will alleviate stress and allow you to focus on your recovery. Dr. Nachbar and his team will provide detailed post-operative instructions to ensure you have a comfortable and efficient healing process. 

To optimize your mommy makeover results, carefully following pre-and post-operative instructions is essential. These instructions include avoiding vigorous exercise, and not driving until you are certain that you are in complete command of the vehicle. Cooperation with these guidelines will minimize the risk of complications and enhance your healing process, enabling you to enjoy your desired results sooner. 

Embrace the journey 

As you embark on your Post-Baby Tune-Up® journey, remember that it is an experience to restore your confidence and enhance your natural beauty. By conducting thorough research, establishing realistic expectations, preparing physically and mentally, arranging post-surgery assistance, and following pre-and post-operative instructions, you are helping to set yourself up for a successful and rewarding mommy makeover. Take the first step toward a post-baby body you can love today, and call Scottsdale Plastic Surgery to schedule your private consultation with Dr. James Nachbar. 

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.